Minister Msaka says Malawi to introduce Global Citizen Education in public schools

Malawi  government intends to introduce global citizenship education in schools in the country to ensure learners become responsible for local and global peace, environment and respect cultural diversification, Minister of Education, Science and Technology  Bright Msaka has said.

Education Minister Msaka with Domasi College of Education Principal, Florida Banda Kumwembe

Msaka disclosed this at Domasi Teacher Training College in Zomba on Monday during the start of a week-long trainer of trainers workshop on global citizen education.

“The global citizenship education is a program that we’re now introducing in addition to what we have traditionally been teaching,” said the minister adding that the ministry was trying to train human beings as responsible citizens of the communities, the country and the world.

The UNESCO supported  workshop is entitled ‘ Capacity Building for Trainer of Trainers in Transformative Pedagogy on Global Citizenship Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Education Agenda 2030’.

Fifteen public and private teacher training colleges in the country are participating in the workshop to ensure participants gain knowledge and skills to develop and publish training materials on transformative participatory learning.

To this effect, the minister said education should be responsible for skills, values and attitudes that should respond to global challenges.

Acting Executive Director for Malawi National Commission for UNESCO, David Mlera expressed hope that Malawi would benefit from the Global Citizenship Education Workshop and that the knowledge gained from the session would be transferred to learners.

“Global Citizenship Education is about peace, intercultural dialogue, tolerance and respect for each other such that we want to develop a nation that can be established on the foundation of peace,” Mlera added.

The transformative pedagogy will help to transfer knowledge to learners in an effective way, according to Mlera, who added that Global Citizenship on Education would be implemented in primary and secondary curriculum.

Domasi College of Education Principal, Florida Banda Kumwembe said the institution is capable of training lecturers on Global Citizenship Education as the college already conducted similar sessions that are now being  implemented in the country, citing Child Friendly Education.


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Cornwell Chisale

That is the implementation strategy of the World Core Curicullum adopted by the UN in 2000 and rolled out in 2005. Malawi is thus on course to transform non violently into a global culture where everything that we call alien to our cultural values will be given up voluntarily. Yes beggars have no choice but when they don’t even have eyes, it’s tragic


That is the problem with a Donor dependent economy. The Donors dictate to you what you should do with their money even when it does not make sense. ………so pathetic!!

Gucci Grace

Ayayayaya wouldn’t it make sense to build more schools so that no child is learning under a mango tree in 2017. I would care-less about Global citizenship, lets build decent schools, improve quality of teachers, quality of education.


why can’t we introduce subject s that will add value to our already pathetic education?


eh koma we still are uncivilised ,w species. hard to undrestand them


Al these year we have been learning things irrelevant to our society and you want to continue with that, come on Mr Minister the people of Malawi will gain nothing from that lets introduce lessons that will benefit our Malawi don’t be over taken by events.


The world is shrinking each every minute and the only answer is through Global Citizenship. And you would be surprised to see how much of the local is in the global outlook.

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